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At the going down of the sun

Running from 5 September to 18 November, At the Going Down of the Sun is the culmination of a 4-year photographic project by Bristol artist Marko Dutka commemorating the centenary of the First World War . This exhibition will mark the lives of people who lost their lives in conflicts over the last 104 years and who are remembered at sites in the Bristol and Bath region.

Bristol photographer Marko Dutka’s series of photographs are a rich and respectful repository of war graves, seen within a contemporary, night-time setting. His images show the glow of Bristol’s street lighting, light trails from airplanes, and the movement of stars to create a rich and respectful narrative about those who lost their lives and who still lose their lives in conflict, along with those they left and leave behind. Accompanying the images are recordings made by living descendants and members of local communities.

"I am delighted that the exhibition will be displayed in the Cathedral. Unlike a whitewall exhibition space, the Cathedral provides a contemplative space, it also has a particular context for it is itself a graveyard and site of memorialisation. The opportunity to raise memorials to the “ordinary” people of Bristol within architecture that is dedicated to the ‘great and good’ will be a fitting tribute to their extraordinary sacrifice”Marko Dutka

The exhibition is accompanied by a series of oral histories, sharing stories associated with some of the images. Listen here. 

Throughout September a crowd funded appeal will be held to generate funding for a 50-image book. Make a pledge to the Kickstarter campaign.

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